Noise Exposure

Worker exposure to noise is perhaps the most pervasive Industrial Hygiene hazard in industry and very little seems to be done about it. OSHA requires noise exposure testing as a baseline and then when it is believed that noise levels have changed. This means it could have gotten noisier or quieter. Based on the baseline survey, your company may need to implement a Hearing Conservation Program, which requires testing of employees’ hearing regularly and providing appropriate hearing protection.  

What Is Noise Exposure?

OSHA reissued their noise standard around 1980 and it became known as the Hearing Conservation Standard. The objective is to determine what levels of noise employees are exposed to and then develop a Hearing Conservation Program around them to train and educate them, provide them with proper types of hearing protection, and test their hearing on an annual basis to make sure it is not being affected.

What are the Regulations for Noise Exposure?

The OSHA Noise Standard addresses all aspects of what needs to be done to have an effective hearing conservation program and the details of it are often overlooked by companies as it is fairly complex and not easily understood. We have done noise exposure monitoring in hundreds of companies and worked with them to develop and implement a Hearing Conservation Program based on a proprietary method we have developed of Noise Exposure Groups, which helps break the Noise Standard down into easy to digest bite-sized pieces.

How to Address Noise Exposure

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